'Fallout 76' Player Vending Machines Disabled After Wastelanders Dupe Glitch

Fallout 76 players may have noticed a "player vending is currently disabled" message popping up in their games over the past few hours, and the bug appears to be intentional if reports from the game's official forums are any indication. Due to a recently discovered glitch in the new Wastelanders update, both Vending Machines and Display Cases have been disabled.

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'Fallout 76' Vending Machines and Display Cases have been disabled due to duping. A fix is expected around April 20. 'Fallout 76' is available now on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Bethesda

The situation was briefly discussed in an official post Friday morning.

"We've found that the dupe exploit affects Player Vending Machines as well as Display Cases. As a result, we are temporarily disabling Vending Machines in addition to Display Cases while we work on a fix.

  • During this time, you will be unable to mark items for sale in your Vending Machines.
  • Other players cannot purchase any items you already had listed for sale."

The post goes on to say a fix for the problem is in the works, but it may be a few days before it's actually available. The current release projection for the fix is April 20.

Even though Bethesda refuses to detail the specifics of the situation in its official documentation, we'll fill in the gaps for you. Shortly after the Fallout 76 Wastelanders update released on Tuesday, players discovered a series of duplication glitches that essentially exploit the same flaw. It was possible to place a Vending Machine or Display Case, assign a desirable item to the container, leave a server and then return to find that the item in said container had doubled. As expected, players began leveraging the bug to farm junk, ammo and various aid items as much as possible.

With this in mind, Bethesda has disabled use of both Vending Machines and Display Cases in an effort to preserve the balance of the game. Dupe glitches have been an ongoing problem for Fallout 76 since the game's launch, and this is just the latest effort to stamp out the illicit act for good. Alongside the fix, dupe users are likely to find their extra items have been removed, and, in severe cases, accounts may even be suspended. Not being able to use these impacted items may be frustrating for now, but at least the solution isn't too far away.

Given the recent release of the Fallout 76 Wastelanders update, any new dupe glitch discovered in the patch was likely to garner more attention than usual. As of Tuesday, Fallout 76 now includes human NPCs that can live at your CAMP and offer a wide assortment of brand-new story quests. Factions are also available, alongside new items, enemies and reworked locations on the map. In other words, if you ever wanted to give Fallout 76 a second chance, now seems like the best time to do so. Don't expect to use Vending Machines or Display Cases right away, though.

Fallout 76 is available now on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Are you frustrated by the removal of player Vending Machines and Display Cases? What do you think of the Wastelanders content? Tell us in the comments section!